Past Events

Virtual Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, December 6, 2020

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdO6urzwiGdRGa08I8527C76hiXIXY7Uf

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

There are (15) spots open for readers. To be a reader, please email Sarita Lopez – lopezs10@live.com before December 1st.

There is no fee for this event.

The Public is invited to attend and read.

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AAUW Sponsors Public Zoom “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment.

1:30 p.m., Sunday, August 30

The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free, public Zoom program “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment.

Participants may sign in starting at 1:30 pm; the program starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020.

Individuals may join the Zoom meeting by copying the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87595612490 . The Meeting ID is 875 9561 2490

 

Author Meneese Wall will discuss her book, “We Demand the Right to Vote.”. To buy the book, go to https://meneesewall.square.site/ or contact the author at meneesewall@meneesewall.com .

Cultivating a celebration spirit, attendees are also encouraged to dress in the color of the Suffrage movement white, purple and gold and wear period costumes.  A salutatory toast will be made, so attendees can join in as they please.

Juanita Martin, new member and former poet laureate of Fairfield, speaks on Ida B Wells, an African-American investigative journalist and leader of the suffragist and civil rights movements. Martin notes the importance to give credit to this woman and others for paving the way, for being outspoken, and willingly and knowingly putting their lives in danger.

Cynthia Seguin, moderator, will then share a video interview with Meneese Wall discussing the author’s path to write and illustrate the book.

Various AAUW members will describe a suffragist hero covered in the book. There are stories of women who each acted to claim their social and political power to change their circumstances. These include Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Harriett Tubman.

To bring the topic to present day Geri Kahn, a member and lawyer, the need to continue to demand social justice. She will speak about recent activities to suppress voter repression. Several resources will be shared for individuals to increase voter registration in the upcoming Nov. 3 national elections.

AAUW puts its mission – to support equity and education for all women and girls – into action. To learn more about joining the American Association of University Women, please contact https://beniciavallejo-ca.aauw.net/ or call branch membership chair, Carolyn Fallon at 707-746-6070.

Tax-deductible donations to support Benicia-Vallejo AAUW efforts can be payable to Special Program Fund at CA – AAUW SPF and sent to: AAUW, P.O. Box 1876, Benicia, CA 94510.

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Napa Valley Writers – Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa

Request for Proposal and Poetry Submissions

***la aplicación en español está debajo***

1. Request for Proposal and Draft Proposals (RFP):

The Napa Valley Writers and the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa invite poets to submit their qualifications and drafts of poetry in English or Spanish to be designed and painted in a large-scale mural format on a building in the City of Napa’s Rail Arts District as part of the public art project titled, Passages.

2. Award Amounts:

Three to five artists will be awarded a minimum of $500.00 for their work.

3. What is Included in the RFP

The RFP includes the following:

  • Description of the project, titled Passages
  • Author eligibility and evaluation criteria
  • Author selection timeline
  • Application

4. About Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa

The Rail Arts District Napa (RAD) is a linear public art district in the Napa Valley, with a mission of bringing contemporary art to everyone.

RAD Napa is the City of Napa’s only art district. It begins in the Oxbow District at the south side of downtown and continues northward through the center of Napa for two miles along the Wine Train (WT) route and the Napa Valley Vine Trail (NVVT). The goal of the RAD is to transform the district with art. RAD provides educational and public programs, encourages the development of the ideas and practices of artists, and as an international destination, contributes to the cultural life and prosperity of the region. See www.radnapa.org.

5. About the Project

Since RAD was founded, dozens of artworks by visual artists have been commissioned. Passages introduces a new element to the district: the written word. Since time immemorial, walls have been used to communicate with the populace. From the simple recording of a person being in a specific place at a specific time to grander proclamations and propaganda, walls have been used for written communication. In recent decades, writing on walls has been associated with graffiti and street artists who work anonymously, without permission, sometimes in acts of defiance and subversion, making work that is meant to convey a message or simply a record of one’s presence. In our digital age, when even paper is becoming a thing of the past, RAD proposes returning to the genesis of written communication in the project Passages.

As part of the project, three to five writers will be commissioned to select from/refine their submissions and will work with RAD staff and graphic artists for installation on a mural on a building located in the RAD district. Collaboration between a graphic designer and the author will transform words visually to a large scale and then painted on the wall by a professional billboard painter.

6. About the Project Theme

Authors should consider the nature and history of the RAD, a passage with openings and closings that juxtaposes numerous contested uses, spaces, and eras in one place. Such uncertain settings and transitions, in general, are characterized by various names and known by writers to distort, disturb, invert, or transform the conventional experience and way of thinking.

7. Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

Eligibility

The selected poet or poets must:

  • Reside in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, or Solano Counties
  • Be willing to work collaboratively
  • Be available to begin work on November 30, 2020 and complete the project by January 1, 2021.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection of author or authors include but are not limited to the following:

As evidenced by poetry submitted, past work, and experience, the successful candidate or candidates will demonstrate a proven mastery or skill in poetry and have the ability to

  • Create poetry within the broad parameters of the project theme
  • Offer a creative, innovative, and effective approach to the project
  • Work collaboratively with visual artists, translators, and staff
  • Carry out the commission and work on schedule

Selection Process

Qualifications for the project will be evaluated by a Review Committee comprised of recognized poets appointed by Napa Valley Writers. Based on poets’ qualifications, the Review Committee may select up to five finalists. The selected finalists will be approved by the RAD Napa Art and Design Committee.

Finalists will be invited to visit the project site and meet with RAD Napa’s staff to give them a better understanding of the scope of the project.

The Napa Valley Writers and RAD Napa will make recommendations to the RAD Art and Design Committee to commission three or more of the selected finalists.

Timeline

Statement of Qualifications and submissions (one per poet)

Applications accepted    September 1 – October 15, 2020

Review Committee will announce finalists: November 15, 2020

Application

Please complete the application form (link below) and submit electronically with your submission to RAD.NVW@gmail.com .

Application form

Late Submissions

Submissions arriving after the specified date and time shall not be considered. Applicants assume responsibility for the timely submission of their entry.

Withdrawal or Modification of Submission

Once the submission has been accepted by NVW, the author may withdraw the submission but will NOT be able to modify it.

 Acceptance and Rejection

NVW reserves the right to accept any submission, reject all submissions, and to call for new submissions or dispense with the submission process.

Evaluation and Award

The evaluation shall be made based on the evaluation criteria listed above. One or more contracts may be awarded to the poet or poets who best meet RAD Napa’s needs. Awarded poets will receive a minimum honorarium of $500.00.  Nothing herein obligates RAD Napa to award a contract to any responding poet. Any contract awarded will be non-exclusive, and RAD Napa reserves the right to award contracts to one or more poets at RAD Napa’s sole discretion.

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Napa Valley Writers – Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa

Solicitud de Cualificaciones y Envíos de Poesía

1. SOLICITUD DE CUALIFICACIONES y Anteproyecto de Propuestas (RFP):

El Napa Valley Writers y el Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa invitan a que los poetas envíen sus cualificaciones y borradores de poesía en inglés o en español para ser diseñados y  pintados en un mural de formato a gran escala en un edificio del Rail Arts District de la Ciudad de Napa como parte del proyecto de arte público llamado Passages.

2. Cantidades concedidas:

Entre tres y cinco poetas recibirán como mínimo $500.00 por su trabajo.

3. QUÉ SE INCLUYE EN LA RFP

La RFP incluye lo siguiente:

  • Descripción del proyecto, titulado Passages
  • Elegibilidad de autores y criterios de evaluación
  • Plazos de selección de autores
  • Solicitud

4. Acerca del Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa

El Rail Arts District Napa (RAD) es un distrito de arte público lineal en el Valle de Napa, con una misión de llevar el arte contemporáneo a todo el mundo.

RAD Napa es el único distrito de arte de la Ciudad de Napa. Empieza en el Distrito Oxbow District en la parte sur del centro de la ciudad, y continúa hacia el norte por el centro de Napa durante dos millas por la ruta del Wine Train (WT) y la Napa Valley Vine Trail (NVVT). El objetivo de RAD es transformar el distrito con arte. RAD ofrece programas educativos y públicos, fomenta el desarrollo de las ideas y prácticas de los artistas, y como destino internacional, contribuye a la vida cultural y la prosperidad de la región. Visiten www.radnapa.org.

5. SOBRE EL PROYECTO

Desde que RAD se fundó, docenas de obras de arte de artistas visuales han sido encargadas. Passages introduce un nuevo elemento en el distrito: la palabra escrita. Desde tiempos inmemoriales, los muros han sido usadas para comunicarse con el pueblo. Desde el simple registro de una persona que ha estado en un lugar y un momento específicos, hasta grandiosas proclamaciones y propaganda, los muros se han usado para la comunicación escrita. En décadas recientes, la escritura en las paredes ha estado asociada con el grafiti y los artistas callejeros que trabajan anónimamente, sin permiso, a veces mediante actos de desafío y subversión, haciendo un trabajo que quiere transmitir un mensaje o simplemente registrar la presencia de uno. En nuestra era digital, incluso cuando el papel se está transformando en algo del pasado, RAD propone volver a la génesis de la comunicación escrita con el proyecto Passages.

Como parte del proyecto, se le encargará a un número entre tres y cinco escritores que escriban trabajos originales dentro de la temática general de Passages para que sean instalados en un mural de texto de 110 por 27 pies en el edificio situado donde el RAD se cruza con Jackson Street cerca del centro de Napa. Trabajando con un diseñador gráfico, estas nuevas obras de los escritores serán transformadas visualmente a una gran escala y luego un pintor profesional de vallas publicitarias las pintará en el muro.

6. SOBRE EL TEMA DEL PROYECTO

Los autores deberían considerar la naturaleza y la historia del RAD, un pasaje con inicios y finales que yuxtapone numerosos usos disputados, espacios y eras en un mismo lugar. Estos entornos y transiciones inciertos, en general, se caracterizan por diversos nombres, y los escritores saben que distorsionan, perturban, invierten o transforman la experiencia y el modo de pensar convencionales.

7. ELEGIBILIDAD Y CRITERIOS DE EVALUACIÓN

A. ELEGIBILIDAD

El poeta o poetas seleccionados deben:

  • Residir en los Condados de Napa, Sonoma, Marin o Solano.
  • Estar dispuestos a trabajar colaborativamente.
  • Estar disponibles para empezar el trabajo el 30 de noviembre de 2020, y finalizar el proyecto antes del 1 de enero de 2021.
  • Deben tener 18 años o más

B. CRITERIOS DE EVALUACIÓN

Los criterios para la selección del autor o autores incluyen, pero no están limitados, a los siguientes:

Tal y como evidencie la poesía presentada, trabajos y experiencias anteriores, el candidato o candidatos exitosos demostrarán una maestría o habilidad en la poesía y la capacidad de:

  • Crear poesía dentro de los amplios parámetros del tema del proyecto.
  • Ofrecer una aproximación creativa, innovadora y efectiva al proyecto.
  • Trabajar colaborativamente con artistas visuales, traductores y personal.
  • Llevar a cabo la comisión y trabajar dentro de los plazos.

C. PROCESO DE SELECCIÓN

Las cualificaciones para el proyecto serán evaluadas por un Comité de Revisión compuesto de poetas reconocidos nombrados por Napa Valley Writers. En base a las cualificaciones de los poetas, el Comité de Revisión puede seleccionar hasta cinco finalistas. Los finalistas seleccionados serán aprobados por RAD Napa Art y el Comité de Diseño.

Los finalistas serán invitados a visitar el lugar del proyecto y reunirse con el personal de RAD de Napa para tener una mejor comprensión del alcance del proyecto.

Napa Valley Writers y RAD Napa harán recomendaciones ante RAD Art y el Comité de Diseño para comisionar a tres o más finalistas seleccionados.

D. CALENDARIO

Declaración de Cualificaciones y presentaciones (una por poeta) a entregar:          1 de septiembre –                                                                                   15 de octubre de 2020

El Comité de Revisión selecciona a los Autores Finalistas:                          15 de noviembre de 2020                                                                            

E. FORMULARIO

Por favor, cumplimente el formulario y preséntelo electrónicamente en RAD.NVW@gmail.com.

formulario de aplicación

F. PRESENTACIONES FUERA DE PLAZO

Las presentaciones que lleguen después de la fecha y hora especificadas no serán tenidas en consideración. Los solicitantes asumen la responsabilidad de presentar puntualmente su declaración de cualificaciones.

G. CANCELACIÓN O MODIFICACIÓN DE LA PRESENTACIÓN

Una vez la presentación haya sido aceptada por NVW, el autor puede cancelar la presentación pero NO podrá modificarla.

H. ACEPTACIÓN Y DENEGACIÓN

NVW se reserva el derecho a aceptar cualquier presentación, rechazar todas las presentaciones, y solicitar nuevas presentaciones o prescindir del proceso de presentación.

I. EVALUACIÓN Y CONCESIÓN

La evaluación se hará en base a los criterios de evaluación indicados anteriormente. Se pueden conceder uno o más contratos al poeta o poetas que mejor responda a las necesidades de RAD Napa. Los poetas asignados recibirán como mínimo un honorario de $500.00.  Nada en la presente convocatoria obliga a RAD Napa a conceder un contrato a cualquier poeta que responda. Cualquier contrato concedido será no exclusivo, y RAD Napa se reserva el derecho a conceder contratos a uno o más poetas bajo el criterio único de RAD Napa.

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Here’s another great opportunity to promote CWC membership at our CWC booth at the Bay Area outdoor fair that runs during the festival, and 2) It’s a great opportunity to hear and question some of the best minds in the book writing business while at a local fair. 3) Here’s an opportunity to sell your books at the booth; and 4) meet other great local authors including other CWC members.  https://www.baybookfest.org/

 

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.

Where: Between Center Street and Alston Way at Martin Luther King Junior Way, Berkeley, CA

What: Over two days, eighteen CWC booth volunteers will staff two-hour shifts (11-1, 1-3, and 3-5 each day) with two staffers and an alternate on each shift.

How: Announce this opportunity to represent the club and one’s own writing. Please make sure your club is represented.

Contact: Tim Jollymore, tim_jollymore@yahoo.com, 510-387-2662. Volunteers must email 1. Name, 2. Club affiliation, 3. Phone number and cell phone number, 4. Preferred day, 5. Preferred shift, and 6. Any special requests.

 

Note: carrying a working cell phone the day of the fair is required.

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, February 9, 2020

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event.

The Public is invited.

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, November 3, 2019

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event.

The Public is invited.

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Napa Valley Writers

Salon

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Join us for member readings (5 min limit) & refreshments

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 3  – 5PM

Where: Home of Sarita Lopez (email for the address and to RSVP: lopezs10@live.com)

Please bring a drink, or drinks, of your choice and finger food to share according to your last name:

A-M: Savory

N-Z: Sweet

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2019 ANTHOLOGY

Inviting Submissions

We are inviting original, unpublished works in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. Below are the guidelines for submission:

  • You must be a current member of the Napa Valley Writers.
  • There is a limit of two submissions, either in a single genre or across
  • All submissions must be in 12 point and Times New Roman
  • Maximum length for poetry is 50 lines single spaced.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative nonfiction is 2500 words double spaced.
  • All submissions must use a .doc or .docx format, and each submission must be in a separate file without any identifying
  • In an email or additional file, include your name, title of submission, genre of your submission, phone number, email, and short bio (50 words maximum).
  • Email your info document and submission documents to NVWAnthology@gmail.com
  • Submissions must be emailed by August 1, 2019.

Fiction

Fiction will be evaluated on:

Grammar; 2. Creativity and use of literary devices; 3. Character development; 4. Plot development; and 5. Conflict.

Poetry

Poetry will be evaluated on:

  1. Clear speaker’s voice, point of view; 2. Creativity and originality; 3. Effective word choices, conciseness; 4. Use of simile, metaphor, images; 5. Rhythm/sound & pace/flow (if rhyming, nor forced or contrived); and 6. Skillful mechanics/word order.

Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction will be evaluated on:

  1. Overview; 2. Narrative; 3. Organization, body; 4. People referenced or quoted; 5. Style; and 6. Mechanics.

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, August 4, 2019

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event.

The Public is invited.

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NVW Anthology Library Write-In!

Are you a member of Napa Valley Writers and plan on submitting a piece or two to our 2019 Anthology? Come to the Napa Library on June 15th from 1:30-3:30, and spend time among fellow creatives as we compose, edit or proofread our work in the undistracted silence that only a library can provide.

Cost: Free
RSVP by 6/10: Sarita Lopez – lopezs10@live.com (20 spots available)
Where: Napa County Library – 580 Coombs Street in Napa (find us in the community room)

Hot beverages and snacks will be provided

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, May 5, 2019

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event.

The Public is invited.

 

Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, February 10, 2019

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018  12:00pm -2:00pm

Hill Family Estate Tasting Room & Napa Valley Writers Presents:

Holiday Open Mic!

6512 Washington Street

Yountville

 

 

Water and snacks will be served

Wine: $10 for two tastes

Bring a favorite poem or two

or a short section of a prose piece

 

3 minute limit for each reading 

 

RSVP to reserve a spot

(walk-ins will be welcome if we have room)

Sarita Lopez – lopezs10@live.com

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NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

It’s that time of the year!

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Dr. Rhea Orion is offering to host write ins on 4 sundays, 3-6 PM. Please RSVP at rheathene@gmail.com

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, November 4, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Invite the Muse – November workshop will be the second Saturday in November – 11/10, not 11/17 and will be a continuation of steps in writing a short story. November will focus on environment and December 15 will be plot. Please RSVP ahead of time.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT OCTOBER IS CANCELLED*

 
Best, Emily

Emily Freiman, MA, ATR

Napa Wine Country Artist/Art Therapist
President, Napa Valley Art Association
707-224-5454
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Napa Valley Writers

Salon

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Join us for member readings (5 min limit) & refreshments

When: August 12, 2017

Time: 3  – 5PM

Where: Home of Bill Moore (email for the address and to RSVP: mjr94002@yahoo.com)

Please bring a drink, or drinks, of your choice and finger food to share according to your last name:

A-M: Savory

N-Z: Sweet

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, July 29, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Hello Writers and Creatives,

Saturday, May 19, from 1-3 pm is the date and time for the next Invite the Muse workshop. The place is 1520 Behrens Street, the AANV clubhouse. We will have one or two writing sessions-depending on time-along with a visual creative art activity.

FYI, I take a summer break from holding the the class in July and August. I was unable to hold the class last month due to illness, but I am better now and looking forward to Saturday’s meeting. Please, as always, RSVP me with your intent to attend (or not), as I prefer to have a head count. And don’t forget to bring your Muse!

Best, Emily

 

Emily Freiman, MA, ATR

Napa Wine Country Artist/Art Therapist

President, Napa Valley Art Association

emilyannbess@gmail.com

707-224-5454

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SUNDAY, April 29, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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*CANCELLED*

Workshop: The First Page

How to write a first page that hooks the reader 

Saturday, May 12;  1-4 p.m.

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Invite the Muse

Invite the Muse will be held on Saturday March 21 from 1-3 pm. You are welcome to participate. 
In case you would prefer to”muse” on subjects before I throw them at you, here’s a glimpse of what to expect.( I will have a handout for you.)
 
The Art part involves: “Drawing Analogs: Making Inner Thought Visible”. 
 
The Writing part involves: “Narrative: “Napa: The Journey that Brought Me Here.”
Please RSVP me before hand, to let me know if you will or will not be attending, thanks.
 
Hope you bring yourself to the class. And don’t forget to Invite your Muse!
Emily Freiman, MA, ATR
Napa Wine Country Artist/Art Therapist
President, Napa Valley Art Association

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 Sunday, April 29, 2018  12:00pm -2:00pm

Hill Family Estate Tasting Room

In Honor

of Poetry Month 

Will Host a Poetry/Prose Salon

6512 Washington Street

Yountville

 

 

Water and snacks will be served

Wine: $10 for two tastes

Bring a favorite poem or two

or a short section of a prose piece

 

3 minute limit for each reading 

 

RSVP to reserve a spot

(walk-ins will be welcome if we have room)

jlyon@comcast.net

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Hello Writers and Artmakers!

Invite the Muse

MARK THE DATE CHANGE: The date for “Invite the Muse” is changed from Saturday Jan. 20 to the fourth Saturday- January 27, 1-3 pm, as there is a major event happening on that date:Women’s March Napa Valley. This date move is just for January; we will return to third Saturdays after this.

Something new: I am asking for a donation of $3 per participant per workshop, to cover art supplies.

As a heads up: I am planning a workshop called ” Artmaking Within a Dream, using Collage, mixed media, Paint, and Iinterpretive Writing.” We will be focusing on dreamwork and illustrating a dream you have dreamed. I am going to give you a bit of ‘homework’, and ask you to do this to prepare for the workshop:

 Bring 2 copies of a dream you recently have had (a going to sleep, having a dream, getting up and writing it down type of dream). One that has some significance to you, could be funny, very colorful, with strange characters, or a dream that would be great if you could illustrate it. Type it up, and print it out on 8.5” x 11” paper, double space it so it looks good. Bring a dream you don’t mind sharing with the group.

As always, please RSVP me if attending. Looking forward to hearing back from each of you. And bring your Muse.

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One small update on times: ALL Saturday workshops will begin promptly at one, no longer at one-thirty. So come early and stay late! Also, Wednesday meetings are no longer being held.  The next scheduled “Invite the Muse” class is Saturday, Dec.16 from 1-3 pm. Please RSVP.

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NVW Annual Holiday Party!

Sunday, December 3

Please join us at our annual Holiday Party

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Compadres on Lincoln Avenue. 

For members and their guests, significant or otherwise. 

$20 each will get you a substantial plateful of appetizers and a no-host bar. 

 

*Please pay Lenore Hirsch before event*

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Local Author Panel

First Press Anthology

Join us for a panel discussion on Saturday December 2 at 1 pm 

Copperfield’s Books in Calistoga

1330 Lincoln Ave.

Featuring First Press Authors:

Michael Wycombe, Dina Corcoran, Jan Flynn, Julie Schrader, Robert Winters and Molly Detwiler 

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, October 29, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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**CANCELLED** 

 Shadowy Specter of a Spooky Salon

Saturday, October 28

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please join us for our first ever (and hopefully 1st annual)

Shadowy Specter of a Spooky Salon!

Napa’s Tulocay Cemetery.

*For members and their guests*

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 Local Author Panel

First Press Anthology

 

Join us for a panel discussion on Saturday October 14th at 1 pm 

Copperfield’s Books in Calistoga

1330 Lincoln Ave.

Featuring First Press Authors:

Michael Wycombe, Dina Corcoran, Jan Flynn, Julie Schrader, Robert Winters and Molly Detwiler 

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Napa Valley Book Fest Makes its Debut

Saturday, Oct 7

One day event will celebrate readers, writers, books and wine

Readers and writers are invited to the first Napa Valley book festival on Saturday, October 7, 2017. In partnership with Litquake, the afternoon’s event will feature conversations with authors, book signings, a showcase of local authors and a wine and cheese reception.

3pm “Wine and Words”

Over a glass of wine in Napa Valley, Heather Young (The Lost Girls) reads from her book and discusses its remote lakeside location, the dark secrets that haunt it and the “lost girls” who populate it. In conversation with Lori Narlock.

4pm “Old World Whine”

Andy Demsky (Unleash Your Inner Tudor by Henry VIII) shares his experience developing a book that grew out of his humorous twitter account for Henry VIII that has reached more than 70,000 followers.

4:30pm “Writing to Work”

Colleagues and friends, Angela Pneuman (Lay it on My Heart and Home Remedies) and Malena Watrous (If You Follow Me and Sparked) read from their books and discuss how their daytime jobs teaching writing, running a writers’ conference, reviewing books, and so much more inspires and impacts the stories they tell..

5:30pm “Readers and Writers Reception”

Meet local authors, browse books, sip wine and savor a late afternoon gathering in Napa Valley during harvest.

Details

Napa Valley Book Fest

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Napa Bookmine

Free, RSVP required

https://napavalleybookfest.com/

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Napa Copperfield’s Presents:

First Press

Author Event

MEET AND GREET

Saturday, August 26

11 am – 3 pm

Napa Copperfield’s will provide an opportunity for First Press authors to meet and chat with shoppers and other in the store, perhaps autograph purchased books. Readings are not part of the day.

 Copperfield’s will provide a small table for 1-2 authors or a larger table for up to 4 people. A maximum of 16 authors can participate at this initial event. 

If you want to be part of this first effort, please contact Kathy Thomas today.

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, July 30, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Napa Valley Writers

Salon

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Join us for member readings (5 min limit) & refreshments

When: June 11, 2017

Time: 3  – 5PM

Where: Home of Doug Brozell (email for the address and to RSVP: nvwpublications@gmail.com)

Please bring a drink, or drinks, of your choice and finger food to share according to your last name:

A-M: Savory

N-Z: Sweet

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, April 30, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Anthology Launch Party

Saturday, April 22nd 1 – 4 p.m.

Calling all Anthology Authors.

Come join with your fellow authors and members to celebrate the launch of the very first Napa Writers Anthology.

Finger food and wine tasting, all free, and pick up your discounted copies you ordered.

Location:

Community Conference Center

3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2, Napa, Ca

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Arts in April

Visitors to the Capp Heritage Tasting Room will hear something different on Sunday, April 30.

From 1-4 pm, members of Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, will recite original works of literary art as part of Napa’s Arts in April.

If you would like to read at this event please contact Sarita at publicity_nvw@outlook.com

Please join us for a beautiful afternoon of fine wine and spoken words.

A sampling of Napa Valley Writers’ past events.

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Open Mic Reading

SUNDAY, March 5, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.

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Open Mic Reading

 

SUNDAY, January 8, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street, Napa

Please share your Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

for up to FIVE minutes per reader.

Sign in early for a turn at the mic.

There is no fee for this event

The Public is invited.


OPEN MIC

Sunday, November 6,  3 – 5 p.m.

Napa Valley Writers invites you to share your poetry, fiction, memoir, or nonfiction for up to FIVE minutes per reader. Please arrive early and sign in for a turn at the mic. There is no fee for this event, one of the most popular of NVW presentations. The Public is always invited. Questions? Please contact Sarita Lopez, publicity at Sarita Lopez.

Open Mic


 


Open Mic at the Napa Bookmine

Sunday, August 7, 3-5 PM

Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

FIVE minutes per reader

Open Mic


Salon-in-Paris

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd, 2016

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Members Spring Salon

It’s Your Time….

Meet fellow writers, share your work with a FIVE minutes reading

Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction

Potluck lunch, hors d’oeuvres

 


Open Mic Reading at Napa Bookmine

OpenMic

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016

Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, or Nonfiction for up to FIVE minutes per reader.


Napa Valley Writers Planning Retreat

Saturday, January 23, 2016

9am -12 noon

Conference Room of the Synergy Wellness Center

3421 Villa Ln, Napa, CA 94558

Why are we here? What are we doing well? Where do we want to be in three years?

Areas to ponder and consider.

  • Set near and long-term goals to best serve the needs of members.
  • Do existing policies, making revisions consistent with achieving NVW stated goals.
  • Potential fundraising programs in order improve financial security.
  • Improve member communications and outreach to members of the Napa Arts Council and the greater community in Napa and Solano Counties.
  • The NVW organizational structure
  • Elicit greater participation by members and grow the NVW membership.
  • Better utilize our affiliation with the California Writers Club and its member branches.

Please RSVP to skesler.writer@gmail.com so we can arrange for adequate seating etc.


Napa Valley Writers Open Mic

Open Mic.

Need more information? publicity.nvw@gmail.com


Holiday Book Sale 

All books signed by the local author who wrote them – click book stack to view books on offer.


Holiday Book Sale

Support our Local Writers

NVW NOVEMBERFEST!

N FEST PIC

Downtown Joe’s – dinner, beer, and readings



 Open Mic

Open MicHELD in September at Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St. in Napa, Sunday, September 6, 2015 3-5 pm

Public shared poetry, fiction, memoir, or non-fiction original writing, five minutes or less. Open Mic is always a favorite event in Napa.

This is a free event brought to you by Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, founded in 1909 by Jack London and several of his writing colleagues.

See here for more details, please email publicity.nvw@gmail.com


 Napa Valley Writers Summer Salon.  

100_8951Sunday, August 9, 2015 3-5 pm, presented Napa Valley Writers Summer Salon, an intimate gathering of NVW members and guests, a casual and friendly opportunity to spend an afternoon together, listen to recitations of original work, yours and others.

All genres of writing – with a time limit of five minutes or less.  A SUMMER theme included tales about summer vacation, summer romance, songs of summer, summer doldrums, summer wine, summer concerts, summer reading, summer solstice, summber jobs, summer camp.

Members provided potluck refreshments.

NVW provided a few bottles of wine.  Donations of wine, beer and other beverages rl.




Open Mic was held June 7, 2015 …..next one will be in the Fall.  
Open Mic

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Napa Bookmine

964 Pearl Street, Napa

Are you a writer?  A reader?  A listener?  Do you enjoy meeting like-minded locals and hearing something new?

Napa Valley Writers and friends at Napa Bookmine are excited to invite YOU to read your original work – prose, poetry – all genre welcome.

You may read for up to five minutes, there is no fee for the event and the public is invited. Bring your own audience!

Please come early to sign up as a reader.

What will we hear you saying???

What would you like us to hear??

For news about upcoming NVW meetings, please see: http://napavalleywriters.net/meetings/

This event was held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 …..

Presenting the Napa Spring Salon!  

100_2262Napa Valley Writers, please mark your calendar for an entertaining time of networking, repartee and the enjoyment of hearing first-hand  original work of your peers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 3-5 pm.

For more details and to reserve your space, email with subject line ‘Salon Attendants’ to info.napavalleywriters@gmail.com.  Please note, this is a Member event and you are welcome to bring a guest.  All genres and styles of writing, up to 5 minutes per reader.  For more information, please contact publicity.nvw@gmail.com

Potluck requests:

A-H entrée-like finger food

I-L appetizer-like finger food

M-S salad-ish stuff

T-Z the forbidden  sweet stuff.

Club supplies wine and soft drinks. Oenophiles and beer drinkers, please byob.


Most Popular Open Mic Reading

…. was recently held on March 1.  The next one planned is June 7, the first Sunday in the month.  In the meantime, join us at one of our monthly meetings.  We’d love to have you join us.

Are you a writer?  A reader?  A listener.  Do you enjoy meeting like-minded locals and hearing something new?

Napa Valley Writers and friends at Napa Bookmine are excited to invite YOU to read your original work – prose, poetry, all genres welcome.

You may read for up to five minutes, there is no fee for the event and the public is invited. Bring your own audience!

Please come early to sign up as a reader. What will we hear you saying??? What would you like us to hear??

Sunday, June 7, 2015Open Mic

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Napa Bookmine

964 Pearl Street, Napa


Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen – Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Happy Walls MuseumNapa Valley Writers celebrated California Writers Week at Jack London State Park. Bo Kearns, a NVW member and docent at Jack London State Park, gave us a private tour of the park.

The planned activities included:

  • A picnic
  • Bo presented a short summary of Jack’s life and writings
  • A few members read excerpts from Jack’s work
  • A visit to the museum and cottage
  • An optional visit to Wolf House ruins and Jack’s grave